By Debananda Medak
GUWAHATI: Assam’s Kokrajhar MP Naba Kumar Sarania on Wednesday said that the Gana Suraksha Party (GSP) will urge the Assam State Election Commission to conduct the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) polls at the earliest.
Sarania, who is also the chief of the BTC based regional political party – GSP, said, “We do not want an extension of the Governor’s rule in the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) which will consequently lead to a further extension of the BTC polls. We want the BTC polls to be conducted at the earliest. We will write a letter to the Assam State Election Commission in this regard.”
Stressing that the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) Accord will be implemented only after the BTC polls, the independent MP said, “Without conducting the BTC polls, implementation of the BTR Accord will not become pertinent. Obvious is the fact that the BTR Accord will be implemented only after the BTC polls.”
Sarania also said that the GSP’s victory in the ensuing BTC polls is clearly visible. “People residing in the BTAD areas need an end of Hagrama Mohilary-led Bodoland People’s Front (BPF)’s ruling in the BTC to achieve accelerated developments. As promised, the GSP will bring all-round development. If need be, we will change the constitution of the BTC.”
Significantly, Sarania also termed the BTR Accord a lollipop maintaining the tune of the BPF. Ever since the signing of the Accord, BPF chief Hagrama Mohilary has also been terming the BTR Accord a ‘big zero’.
In view of the rising trend of the Covid-19 positive cases across the state, Sarania said, “We do not want big political rallies accommodating large crowds that violate the very guideline of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, certain ministers of the state government of Assam have violated the norms by participating in big election rallies in certain areas of the BTC.”
Recently, Assam’s minister of state for health and family welfare Pijush Hazarika participated in an election rally in BTC area accommodating a large crowd which later created a wave of criticism across the state and alleged that the minister himself broke the guideline of the Covid-19 pandemic.